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Walk the River Lea from its source to the heart of London with a Cicerone guidebook

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14 Aug 2015
17.2 x 11.6 x 0.9cm
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The Lea Valley Walk

by Leigh Hatts
Book published by Cicerone Press

Guidebook to the Lea Valley Walk, a 53 mile path from Luton to the Thames. The walk traces the River Lea from Leagrave, near Luton to East India Dock opposite Greenwich where it joins the Thames Path. Features an alternative finish at Limehouse and an optional tour of the Olympic Park. Split into 9 stages, the walk is suitable for all abilities.

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This guidebook describes the Lea Valley Walk, a 53 mile long-distance path from Luton to the Thames. It follows the River Lea from its source near Leagrave to East India Dock opposite Greenwich, with an alternative finish at Limehouse and an optional tour of the Olympic Park. On the way it passes through a blend of quiet countryside, nature reserves and urban landscapes.
The Lea Valley Walk offers level, waymarked walking for all abilities. The complete trek is presented in nine stages, accompanied by clear OS mapping, with suggestions for three, four, five and six day itineraries. For those looking for an easy-to-access traffic-free day or half-day walk, the route is divided into sections with convenient railway stations close to each end.
This fine and varied walk traces the river as it passes through Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire towards the bustle of London. It takes in historical towns and villages, stately homes and castles, including Waltham Abbey and Hertford Castle, Luton Hoo, Brocket Park and Hatfield. Along with suggestions for refreshment stops and accommodation, the guidebook is packed with fascinating snippets of information about wildlife, landscape, history and industrial heritage, making it an ideal companion to exploring the river and its surroundings.

  • Activities
    Multi-day low-level trek. Can be split into day or half-day walks.
  • Seasons
    The Lea Valley walk can be done at any time of the year.
  • Centres
    Leagrave, Luton, Harpenden, Wheathampstead, Hatfield, Hertford, Ware, Broxbourne, Waltham Abbey, Hackney Marshes, east London, Greenwich
  • Difficulty
    None, except general fitness for a mostly flat, low-level, multi-day walk.
  • Must See
    Surprisingly wild Bedfordshire, Waltham Abbey, the industrial landscape through east London, the Thames itself

November 2017

Stonehill Business Park, page 94

Leaside Cafe has closed due to riverside redevelopment.

August 2015:

Page 112, The gasworks bridge is often closed. We advise that all walkers take the alternative route 'up Three Mill Lane past Tesco' as described on page 112.


Lea Valley Walk
History of the valley
Up and down the valley
London’s greenhouse
Backpacking the Walk
Day walking
An almost flat walk
Using this guide
The Lea Valley Walk
Section 1 Leagrave to Luton Airport Parkway
Section 2 Luton Airport Parkway to Harpenden
Section 3 Harpenden to Hatfield
Section 4 Hatfield to Hertford
Section 5 Hertford to Broxbourne
Section 6 Broxbourne to Enfield Island
Section 7 Enfield Island to Tottenham Lock
Section 8 Tottenham Lock to Three Mills
Section 9 Three Mills to East India Dock
Section 9A Three Mills to Limehouse Basin
The Olympic Park
Day Walk Tour of the Olympic Park
Appendix A Route summary table
Appendix B Itinerary planner
Appendix C Further information
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